INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH EXPERIENCE FOR UNDERGRADUATES (IRES), NAMIBIA
Erell Institute is pleased to announce a research experience and cultural exchange program designed for Native American undergraduate students.
Our IRES program is designed to provide students interested in ecology and natural science with an intensive, hands-on international experience in field research focused on the behavior and ecology of Namib Desert lizards. Program participants will engage in all aspects of an independent research project, including the design, data collection, analysis, write-up, and presentation. The program structure will include:
Pre-trip participation in our virtual research group during the Fall 2012 semester for project planning and trip preparation
Trip phase—5-weeks of data collection in the Namib Desert during December 2012/January 2013
o Field work will be supplemented with lectures, seminars,
and field trips to enhance student understanding of local natural
history, culture, and conservation
Post-trip participation in our virtual research group (Spring 2013 semester) for data analysis and to prepare project reports and presentations
Project culmination—presentations and final project report at end of Spring 2013 semester.
**Each student will identify a mentor at their home institution to provide local assistance for their IRES experience**
4 undergraduate students will be selected to participate; we will be joined in the field with undergraduate collaborators from Namibia and biologists from the Gobabeb Training and Research Centre, the field station where we will live and work in Namibia.
For each selected student, we will cover the costs of:
o Travel to and from Gobabeb from the student’s US location
o Visa and health insurance for Namibia trip
o Research expenses, including food, lodging, and station fees while in Namibia
Applications are due 30 April 2012. For more information contact: Doug Eifler (785-424-3397; email@example.com) or Maria Eifler (785-393-0602; firstname.lastname@example.org)